Muscatine County Extension Office to move in 2019!

We are moving!

We have exciting news to share!

The Muscatine County Extension Office will be closed September 6-13 to move, we will reopen at 1601 Plaza Place, Muscatine, on September 16, 2019!! 
 
Watch for information about Grand Opening events the week of October 7-11!
 
 
 
The Muscatine County Extension Council has purchased a building to become the future home of the Muscatine County Extension Office. We believe the property, located at 1601 Plaza Place, Muscatine, will be the ideal space and location for the Muscatine County Extension Office. Our anticipated move in date is September 2019. We would like to invite you to be a part of this exciting project! Currently, the Extension Council is raising funds to help with the remodel of the building.

Why are we looking for a new home?

  • Our current property is leased and we anticipate a 35% increase in rent starting October 2019.
  • We are nearing the end of our lease. Once over, a new lease, and terms, must be negotiated.

This uncertainty regarding our rental rate and what happens after the next term is what drove the Muscatine County Extension Council to look into alternatives. Ownership rose as the best solution. The Council’s goal in purchasing a property is to allow us to build financial stability, and once the mortgage is paid, allow more funds to be funneled to programming.
What does this new property have to offer?

  • The new property will expand our options in outdoor space to utilize for 4-H summer camps and activities. The easy access to Colorado School, Weed Park, city trail system and Bridgestone Bandag Wildlife Management Area opens up many options for outdoor education and recreation.
  • The remodel of the property will allow us to continue to have a large meeting room with a separate entrance so community groups, Master Gardeners, and 4-H clubs can utilize the room beyond office hours. In 2017, over forty organizations, outside of Extension programming, utilized our existing meeting rooms.
  • The location of the property in the north end of Muscatine makes it easily accessible for county residents, and the new location will increase safety for evening meetings with improved lighting and limited traffic through the parking lot.
You can help make this project a reality!

Please consider making a charitable contribution to our building project. Donors of $500 and more will be acknowledged on a donor plaque that will be on display in our large meeting room. All donors will be acknowledged publicly, per their wishes, in advertisement and opening celebrations. Your contribution will provide important financial stability that will allow the Muscatine County Extension Council to focus on feeding people, keeping them healthy, empowering youth to reach their full potential and helping our community prosper and thrive.

Why invest in Muscatine County Extension?
  • In the 2017-2018 program year, 805 school-age youth participated in 4-H programs in Muscatine County, representing nearly 1 out of every 10 Muscatine County K-12 youth.
  • There are thirteen 4-H Clubs in Muscatine County, which served 342 youth in the 2017-2018 program year. This represents a 21% growth from the year prior.
  • At the fair this year, 347 4-H and FFA members gained valuable communication skills by sharing 945 projects, outlining project goals, steps they took to reach their goals, and what they learned with a judge. Projects ranged from photography, home improvement, nutrition, horticulture, robotics, communication, and livestock.
  • In 2017 over 175 applicators participated in a Pesticide Applicator or Manure Applicator training through the Muscatine County Extension Office.
  • In September 2018 over 50 women attended the Women, Land & Legacy listening session, the inaugural meeting of the Cedar, Muscatine and Scott Counties Chapter aimed to empower female landowners and farmers through active participation, educational sessions, and networking.
  • In 2017, the Buy. Eat. Live Healthy program served 208 household members in Muscatine and Louisa Counties. This program helps low-resource families with children develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors needed to improve family diet, nutrition, and health.
  • The Juntos: Together for a Better Education program has served 66 Latino families and students in Muscatine County. Families report participation has increased communication among youth and parents regarding schooling, increased youths’ problem solving, critical thinking, and empathy skills, and increased parents’ expectations for the level of education their youth will attain.
  • Muscatine County Extension is the fiscal agent for Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC) Muscatine County, a state grant. Through this community coalition, we work with other community agencies to support child abuse prevention efforts and poverty awareness programs.
  • In 2017, Muscatine County Master Gardeners donated 3,286 volunteer hours, valued at $73,129, to Muscatine County. Muscatine County Master Gardener projects include the Zoo Garden at Weed Park, the Muscatine Arboretum, gardens on the Muscatine County Fairgrounds, and offering an annual symposium, Art of Gardening, in partnership with Muscatine Community College.
  • In 2018, Master Gardeners coordinated three donation gardens, helped with United Way’s Corn Freezing event, and harvested the Home Demonstration Garden at the Muscatine Island Research Farm in Fruitland, contributing over 6,500 pounds of produce to the Muscatine County Food Pantries.

These are just a few reasons why investing in Muscatine County Extension is an investment in Muscatine County’s future. The goal of ISU Extension and Outreach is to provide education and partnerships designed to solve today’s problems and prepare Iowans for the future.

Join us! 

Here's how you can invest in feeding people, keeping them healthy, empowering youth to reach thier full potential, and helping our community prosper and thrive:

Mail checks to Muscatine County Extension, 1514 Isett Avenue, Muscatine, IA 52761.  Please enclose a Donor Pledge Sheet so we can acknowledge your donation per your wishes.
 
Donor Levels:

  • Clover Donor - $5 - $499
  • Red Ribbon Donor - $500 - $999
  • Blue Ribbon Donor - $1,000 - $4,999
  • Lavender Rosette Donor - $5,000 - $24,999
  • Purple Rosette Donor - $25,000 - $74,999
  • Best of Show Donor - $75,000 +

For questions please call Krista Regennitter, 563-263-5701
 
Contributions to County Agricultural Extension Districts qualify as charitable contributions under Internal Revenue Code Sections 170(b)(1)(A)(v), and 170(c)(1), please consult your tax advisor for your specific situation.

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